Monday, May 04, 2009

Prize Roundup - May 4, 2009

Here are some recent Twitter posts:


Plans approved for 2009 Lunar Lander Challenge. Open period from July 1 through October 31. Open location.

You can comment on the Green Aviation Challenge rules at (go to Appendix A)

(Note: The CAFE Foundation site seems to be down at the moment, so I can't confirm the previous link).


I've got an article up on the Huffington Post about the @FIRST09 Robotics finals. Please check it out & spread the word!


Taking the redeye to NYC tonight for 3 days of meetings. Giving keynote address at American Farm School... "space, tech and farming...

Here's a brief writeup of the anticipated talk tonight (on page 9): The Sower Issue 163 (PDF)

Holding a two-day X PRIZE Board of Trustees meeting ... Great group of Board members... Jim Gianopulos, Ratan Tata, Pat Soon-Shiong, Arianna Huffington, Ansari Family, Richard Garriott, Adeo Ressi ... Eric Anderson, Bob Weiss, Gregg Maryniak, Larry Page, Diane Murphy, Gil Elbaz, Craig Venter, Jack Bader.

richardbranson: (apparently a follower of NASA_Ames_Web twitter)

Heat, a little space dust and a 3rd win!

From that blog post:

Eagle-eyed supporters may have noticed we changed the logos a little for this race and the cars sported the Virgin Galactic brand. We have some of the space team in the Gulf talking about our venture to prospective astronauts.

Indeed the GP win was not the only sucess of the weekend - Galactic signed up both Rubens Barrichello and Niki Lauda to be astronauts. While Niki actually wants to learn to fly the spaceship himself.


Heading over to catch the end of the 2009 Arthur C. Clarke awards at the Cosmos Club.

(Note: That tweet was a couple weeks ago.)


Google co-founder Sergey Brin blogs about importance of genetic mapping and @23andMe

In the non-Twitter world:

Armadillo engine picts - RLV News

Priory keeps science a priority - Star Bulletin

Plantation teens get head start on rocketry careers -

Pittsburgh-Based Astrobotic Technology and CMU Shooting for Moon-Landing Prize - Global Pittsburgh blogspot